Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner Clibanornis rufipectus
(aka Ruddy Foliage-gleaner Automolus rubiginosus rufipectus)

Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner, Minca, Magdalena, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image Minca, Magdalena, Colombia
April 2012

Some authorities class the Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner as a sub-species of Ruddy Foliage-gleaner Automolus or Clibanornis rubiginosus but several including the South American Classification Committee give it species status. This classification is followed by the HBW and Birdlife International checklist largely due to vocalization differences.

The Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner is endemic to the Santa Marta mountains and is found in dense forest with a preference for dark ravines at up to 2,450 metres according to Fjeldså & Krabbe. This bird was in secondary scrub beside the road but close to a ravine.

It is dark brown above with a dark chestnut tail, rufous underparts with a paler almost pinkish throat.

Jeremy Minn's recording is of the bird in this photo.

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